One bunch of leather is probably enough for 10 pew designs. It's ridiculous to be forced to buy an enormous amount of greenery for a small to medium sized wedding. Always shop around and read the fine print.
I started selling both fresh flowers and mixed greenery from my own store so brides had a source that they could buy single grower bunches at a time. Saving $2 - $3 (or less) per bunch isn't much of a saving if you have to buy 10 bunches at a time when you only need one or two!
The newer bridal designs are featuring lovely mixes of both flower varieties and greenery. I also carry everything you need (pew clips, bouquet holders, florist foam, floral adhesive, flower tools, etc.) all in one place to save on shipping for the DIY bride.
Learn how to shop wisely and compare prices before ordering your wedding flowers.
Leather leaf fern is fairly cheap and is a staple in every flower shop. Order an extra bunch or two and you'll not be caught short if needed to fill in designs and large arrangements. The separate laterals are cut apart for this pew design.
You are going to "frame in" your design with greenery first, inserting the flowers last. To start, insert a longer piece straight up from the bottom of the cage.
Add a second, shorter piece on the left side.
Insert another piece on the top. Remember to keep pew arrangements fairly low - guests need to have a clear line of sight to see the ceremony. Don't force them to peer around large bouquets of flowers that block their view.
I created a long line with ruscus out of the bottom and slightly to the left.
Put two shorter, matching pieces of ruscus on the top, one straight up and down and the other leaning towards the right.
Begin adding in more pieces of leather and ruscus, filling the design in from the sides, and then working your way towards the middle.
Try to insert once only. Continually poking in greens or flowers and taking it back out again will start to degrade your florist foam and cause it to crumble.